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MILLENNIUM TRAILS IS A NATIONAL PARTNERSHIP DEDICATED TO
BUILDING AND SUSTAINING A NETWORK OF TRAILS CONNECTING
PEOF'IE TO THEIR LAND, THEIR HISTORY AND THEIR CULTURE.
The Millennium Trail was a 1990s failed
federal program to create historic trails through
US cities and towns, including in Roxbury where
only one plaque was installed.
Four high school students in RCC's Upward
Bound 2012 summer program investigated
historic sites in Roxbury through community
exploration, online research, and collaborative
arts exercises. We considered how these sites and
stories are relevant today in the New Millennium,
how they resonate with our own experiences,
and what we could do to continue the struggle
for social progress. We are sharing our findings
through this arts publication: a self-guided tour of
our own Roxbury Millennium Trail.
1) Southwest Corridor
Protests in the 1 960s and
70s stopped the Southwest
Expressway (I-95) and
Inner Belt (I-695) from
tearing through Roxbury.
The community reclaimed
the cleared land in the 1980s
by helping to plan a new
subway line and the
Southwest Corridor Park.
William Lloyd Garrison, editor
of the Abolishionist
newspaper The Liberator,
retired here in 1865
following the Emancipation
3) Cochituate Standpipe
The Standpipe was built in
1 869 as a water tower for the
Highland Park neighborhood.
In 1917a deck was added
for an observatory. Plaques
on the railings described
the Siege of Boston and
the events, on this hill and
elsewhere, leading up to the
Fortification of Dorchester
Heights during the American
Revolution. The deck fell
one night in the 1970s and
has yet to be replaced.
4) Malcolm X House
Then known as Malcolm
Little, he spent his teenage
years at 72 Dale Street in
Roxbury in the 1940s. In
1 947 he was arrested for
larceny. While in prision he
discovered Islam, which
propelled him to become
Malcolm X: a great leader in
the Black Nationalist
What made Boston's anti-highway movement so successful and
how can OCCUPY THE HOOD learn from its success?
ISSUES TO BE ADDRESSED: ECONOMIC INJUSTICE I UNEMPLOYMENT
ami VIOLENCE / MURDERS! GUNS! PRISONS | POUCE BRUTALITY
FORECLOSURES I LACK OF DIVERSITY IN CITY GO V. I YOUTH JOBS
DISPARITIES Hi EDUCATION | RACIAL PROFILING | REDISTRICTIHG
BUDGET CUTS | HOUSING | HUMAN SERVICES I POVERTY | JUSTICE
RACISM / DISCRIMINATION / WHITE SUPREMACY
Spirit of Freedom! on — Oh! pause not in thy flight
Till every clime is won, to worship in thy light
Speed, on thy glorious way, and wake the sleeping lands!
Millions are watching for the ray, and lift to thee their hands
Still Onward! be thy cry — Thy banner on the blast; And, like a tempest,
As thou rushest by, despots shall shrink aghast
On! 'till thy name is known
Throughout the peopled earth
On! till thou reign' st alone
Man's heritage by birth
On! till from every vale, and
Where the mountains rise
The beacon lights of Liberty
Shall kindle to the skies!
- William Lloyd Garrison
What has yet to be abolished?
How else may we be emancipated?
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How is our access limited?
How can improved access
increase our opportunity?
"We black men have a hard enough time in
our own struggle for justice, and already
have enough enemies as it is, to make the
drastic mistake of attacking each other
and adding more weight to an already
- Malcolm X
I Fatal triple stabbing near
[set of "The Heat" in Roxbury
Man stabbed to death near
Sand ra Bullock crime film set
I One killed, two wounded in stabbing
[in Boston's Dudley Square as
I Sandra Bullock movie films nearby
Who influences the youth?
RCC Upward Bound Director
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